Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed on Wednesday for holding a press conference on special Robert Mueller’s report — before anyone had received the document or had time to read its 400 pages.
Here is what some people were saying about Barr’s scheduling:
Just been informed by DOJ that we’ll receive Mueller’s report only after Barr gives a press conference.# p #4_62 # ad skipped = true #
Once again, Barr wants to shape the public’s perception of the report.# p #5_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is on top of reports DOJ secretly briefed the White House.# p #6_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is not justice. Just PR.# p #7_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 17, 2019# p #8_62 # ad skipped = true #
Sorry but this is not a press conference – it’s an opportunity for Barr to put a spin on the ball or defend himself. No one can ask real questions here. https://t.co/dNTLk95iPX# p #9_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 17, 2019# p #10_62 # ad skipped = true #
a press conference about a product no one will have seen? what is this, the film industry? https://t.co/maNiICNsFI# p #11_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 17, 2019# p #12_62 # ad skipped = true #
What if Democrats just schedule a hearing with #mueller as the witness for 9:30 am tomorrow?# p #13_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) April 17, 2019# p #14_62 # ad skipped = true #
I am certain you are familiar with the subpoena process. Perhaps you should make use of it.# p #15_62 # ad skipped = true #
— ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕜𝕚𝕖 𝕃𝕖𝕊𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖 💋🦎🦎💋 (@Pinkie525) April 17, 2019# p #16_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is absolutely no reason for Barr to be holding a press conference to take questions on a report no one has yet had a chance to read and digest. This is stupid.# p #17_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 17, 2019# p #18_62 # ad skipped = true #
Purpose of this presser seems to be not to let reporters ask informed questions but rather to get TV footage of Barr saying things Trump will like that can play all day https://t.co/hUpRz41Ppm# p #19_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) April 17, 2019# p #20_62 # ad skipped = true #
Oh man. Barr is holding a press conference tomorrow at 9:30 and then not releasing the actual report until HOURS later.# p #21_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is a political hatchet job. https://t.co/TTFT9YPZG8# p #22_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 17, 2019# p #23_62 # ad skipped = true #
Robert Mueller or members of his prosecutorial team will NOT be in attendance at the Barr press conference tomorrow, according to the spokesperson for Mueller’s office. @kpolantz# p #24_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) April 17, 2019# p #25_62 # ad skipped = true #
William Barr is holding his post-game press conference before the game starts. What an embarrassment. https://t.co/Xg13ZY96jD# p #26_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 17, 2019# p #27_62 # ad skipped = true #
all media must boycott this. this is just so wrong.# p #28_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Ezme Webb-Hines (@EzWebb) April 17, 2019# p #29_62 # ad skipped = true #
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— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) April 17, 2019# p #31_62 # ad skipped = true #
I can’t think of any reason Barr needs to hold a press conference to discuss a report Mueller wrote. He needs to get out of the way. https://t.co/gJbazzL8sO# p #32_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 17, 2019# p #33_62 # ad skipped = true #
Newsflash: no one wants to hear from Barr. Show us the full report. You should never have been confirmed and at best should be recused. We don’t need a statement from the President’s legal team. We want the full #MuellerReport# p #34_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 17, 2019# p #35_62 # ad skipped = true #
House Judiciary chair slams AG Barr for not releasing Mueller report until hours after his press conference https://t.co/SKb3hlBdb3# p #36_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) April 17, 2019# p #37_62 # ad skipped = true #
Can't ask meaningful questions at a press conference about a report you have not seen or read. https://t.co/4U3ahbYiyy# p #38_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Kristine Phillips (@kristinegWP) April 17, 2019# p #39_62 # ad skipped = true #
Per @RepJerryNadler , Barr tomorrow is planning to:# p #40_62 # ad skipped = true #
— hold his own press conference about Mueller,# p #41_62 # ad skipped = true #
— without Mueller there,# p #42_62 # ad skipped = true #
— well before anyone will be allowed access to even Barr's redacted version of Mueller's findings.# p #43_62 # ad skipped = true #
Why?# p #44_62 # ad skipped = true #
Where's Mueller?https://t.co/SjjGHUe5to# p #45_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 17, 2019# p #46_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is literally no plausible explanation for the gap between the so-called “press conference” & report release other than trying to control the narrative. https://t.co/ezVtBqwOrm# p #47_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) April 17, 2019# p #48_62 # ad skipped = true #
Dear #MSM,# p #49_62 # ad skipped = true #
PLEASE do not propagate the false narrative Barr will be presenting tomorrow morning. We're counting on you to do better.# p #50_62 # ad skipped = true #
A grateful nation https://t.co/Sfg9VUVpKH# p #51_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Adrienne Kirschner (@AdaKirschner) April 17, 2019# p #52_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is absolutely no reason for Barr to be holding a press conference to take questions on a report no one has yet had a chance to read and digest. This is stupid.# p #53_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 17, 2019# p #54_62 # ad skipped = true #
you mean… in the annals of gaslighting, corruption, and fascist behavior.# p #55_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) April 17, 2019# p #56_62 # ad skipped = true #
It’s gonna be to announce a second special counsel… watch.# p #57_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Amber Watson Tardiff (@AmberWTardiff) April 17, 2019# p #58_62 # ad skipped = true #
Do something about it! You are the most powerful congressman right now. https://t.co/EiZ1AMMpJh# p #59_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) April 17, 2019# p #60_62 # ad skipped = true #
I suppose we all knew it would end this way… pic.twitter.com/HUxe5SczCo# p #61_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) April 17, 2019# p #62_62 # ad skipped = true #
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Democratic Louisiana Governor Wins Re-Election in Massive Defeat for Trump
Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards won re-election in a highly contested high dollar race against a candidate who spent at least $12 million of his own money and had President Donald Trump at his beck and call. Edwards beat Republican Eddie Rispone, who Trump had personally campaigned for three times in the state in the past five weeks, and had promoted repeatedly on Twitter.
Louisiana, 3 hours left, get out and Vote for @EddieRispone for Governor. Lower taxes and much more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2019
Calling it a “hard loss” and “a stinging rebuke” for Trump, The New York Times notes the president’s multiple visits to campaign for Rispone were “an effort to lift the Republicans and demonstrate his own clout.”
Bel Edwards campaigned on his record, which included expanding badly-needed Medicare, raising taxes to help fix the state’s budget, and giving teachers a pay increase.
Governor Edwards’ predecessor, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, “repeatedly used short-term patches to eliminate financial shortfalls,” The Shreveport Times reported in January. “They raided savings accounts, drained trust funds, sold off state property and delayed bill payments to keep the budget in balance amid tax breaks that siphoned away more and more money from the treasury.”
Earlier this week in Louisiana President Trump campaigned for Rispone, but appeared to be more interested in framing the election as a vote of confidence for himself.
This Saturday, the eyes of history are looking at the people of Louisiana. If you want to defend your values, your jobs, and your freedom, then you need to REPLACE Radical Liberal John Bel Edwards with a true Louisiana Patriot: @EddieRispone! #GeauxVote pic.twitter.com/odAuD5DFPB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
Trump had recently backed Kentucky Republican governor Matt Devin for re-election. He too went down in defeat.
In Virginia Republicans, despite Trump’s support, lost massively. Democrats took control of both the House and Senate, giving them control of the State Legislature and the Governor’s office for the first time since 1973.
Pollster Matt McDermott summed it up Saturday night:
Since Trump took office, Democrats have flipped governorships in: Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, Illinois, Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kentucky. And now, held the governorship in Louisiana, where Trump won in 2016 by 20 points.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) November 17, 2019
State Dept. Official Testified Sondland Spoke Graphically to Trump Telling Him Zelensky Would Do ‘Anything You Ask’
Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal.
“David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump’s conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do ‘anything you ask him to,’ and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to ‘do the investigation,’” CNN reported Friday.
“”Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky ‘loves your ass,’” Holmes testified. “I then heard President Trump ask, ‘So, he’s gonna do the investigation?’ Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s gonna do it,’ adding that President Zelensky will do ‘anything you ask him to.’”
“While Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President’s voice through the earpiece of the phone. The President’s voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume,” Holmes testified.
CNN also reported, “Holmes also confirmed Taylor’s testimony about the President’s thoughts on Ukraine, saying he asked Sondland ‘if it was true that the President did not ‘give a sh*t about Ukraine.’”
Holmes opening was also obtained by The New York Times.
“The official, David Holmes, testified privately that he was at a restaurant in Ukraine’s capital when he heard Mr. Trump during a cellphone call loudly asking Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, if Ukraine’s president had agreed to conduct investigations into his political rivals. Mr. Sondland, who was in Kiev for meetings with top Ukrainian officials at the time, replied in the affirmative,” The Times reported.
“Mr. Sondland did not mention the episode to investigators last month when he answered their questions in private. He will almost certainly be asked about it next week when he appears for public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. He has already revised his initial testimony once, admitting to the panel last week that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country would probably not receive a package of nearly $400 million in security assistance unless it committed publicly to the investigations Mr. Trump sought,” the newspaper noted.
The details of the exchange are vivid.
“Mr. Holmes described sitting at a table in the restaurant with Mr. Sondland when the president called. The president was speaking so loudly, he said, that Mr. Sondland held the phone away from his ear and Mr. Holmes and others could hear Mr. Trump’s voice,” The Times reported.
READ: White House Finally Releases Highly-Edited Summary of Trump’s First Call in April With Ukraine President
The White House, days after President Donald Trump promised, has finally released what appears to be a highly-edited call summary of Trump’s first call with Ukraine President Zelensky. The document clearly states it is “not a verbatim transcript,” and indeed, took the White House three days longer than originally planned to release the document.
The call, according to the document, lasted 16 minutes, yet spans just three short pages.
It appears to have been released in conjunction with the start of the House’s second open impeachment testimony hearing.
Read it below.
As with the July 25 call memo, this also says “not a verbatim transcript” https://t.co/davVtBmu8E
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 15, 2019
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